For almost as long as this site has been in existence, we’ve been patiently tracking the progress of Orson Welles‘ final film, “The Other Side Of The Wind.” For years, Welles’ pal Peter Bogdanovich has been trying to restore and release the unfinished project, but legal rights and other issues continually halted progress. Things were further muddied when in 2012, Henry Jaglom dropped 30 minutes of randomly assembled footage online (it was swiftly yanked). But could the movie finally see the light day next year?
Well, according The New York Times, that’s the hopeful plan. They report that Royal Road Entertainment has, somewhat miraculously, after five years of ironing out the details, managed the secure the rights to the movie from the various parties involved, and aim to release the movie to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth on May 6, 2015. And they will be taking ‘Wind’ to the American Film Market next month to promote the picture. So what happens in the meantime?
Well, Bogdanovich will be at work trying to finish the film that was taken away from Welles by investors, who were concerned over the cost. “He did some very complicated editing before it was taken away from him,” Bogdanovich told the paper about the movie that was filmed in a variety of formats including Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm. “I don’t even know if I can approximate that kind of cutting because it is very fragmented and idiosyncratic. All we can do is the best we can, using the script, his notes and what he has left.”
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And while this all seems very promising, with the movie about a film director trying to revive his career offering a great bit of meta texture, perhaps it’s wise to heed the words of former Welles partner Oja Kodar, who appears in ‘Wind’ alongside John Huston, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper, Paul Mazursky, and Claude Chabrol. “I am going to sign the contract,” she said. “The catalyst is the hundred-year anniversary and everybody is moving in a kind of wave. When I finally see it on the screen, then I will tell you that the film is done.”
Keep your fingers crossed….